plan to combat dog fouling in Burnham-On-Sea proposed
could soon become one of the first towns in the UK to tackle dog
fouling with a new high-tech scheme.
leader of GeoVation, a project run in conjunction with the Ordnance
Survey, has this week put forward a proposal to the Town Council
which could combat the problem.
scheme would see the introduction of a smartphone app informing
dog owners where waste bins are sited in the town and would also
introduce an anaerobic digestion system to turn dog waste into
renewable energy in the form of methane gas.
fouling is a major issue for many towns - it is the most offensive
type of litter and is consistently raised as a big public concern,"
the project's leader Gary Downie, pictured, told town councillors
on Monday (June 2nd).
the problem is not caused simply by irresponsible dog owners -
it's actually more complex than that. One in four dog owners don't
pick up their pet's waste because dog waste bin locations are
not known or because they are not accessible."
therefore propose to introduce a solution to prevent the problem
happening in the first place using Ordnance Survey maps to plot
the locations of dog waste bins."
our phone app, incidents of dog fouling can also be photographed
waste would also be collected and taken to an anaerobic digester,
where it will create methane to provide energy."
added that this in turn can offset the cost to tax payers associated
with dog waste collection and cleaning. The Town Council currently
pays over £25,000 a year for dog bin cleaning.
Martin Cox welcomed the idea, saying: "Any initiative in
addressing this problem is very welcome indeed."
Ken Smout added: "Dog fouling is such as an emotive subject
and I feel that these proposals deserve more time to be thought
through and examined."
proposal will be further considered at the council's next Policy
and Finance Committee meeting later in June.
would become one of just four locations across the UK using the
scheme if it were to go ahead. The other locations are in Aberdeen,
Suffolk and Kingston upon Thames.
GeoVation project team is seeking 25% of the cost of launching
the scheme in Burnham, although no specific figure was given.
this year, Town Council plans to lift a dog ban on part of Burnham's
beach during the summer months was scrapped after public opposition,
as first reported here.